Google Classroom: Guardian Notifications

Previously in Google Classroom it was only possible to communicate with students. With a recent update, turning on “Guardian Email Summaries” allows parents to receive information about what is happening in class. By adding parent email addresses to the student class list within Classroom, parents can choose the level of communication from the class they Read more about Google Classroom: Guardian Notifications[…]

Share files on Google Drive even faster!

Google Drive allows users to easily share files with collaborators through access control permissions and sharable links. Just select a file and click on the “Get sharable link” icon on the top right-hand side menu. The sharing link will be copied to the clipboard for easy distribution and will provide view access to anyone in Read more about Share files on Google Drive even faster![…]

Toca Boca at SIS

IMG_4401Last Thursday grade 5 welcomed the developers of the hugely popular Toca Boca series of apps. Working together for the whole afternoon, we covered various topics and broadened our knowledge of what it is like to work in the industry. As a grade level we have been focusing on coding during IT lessons this school year. So, the chance to meet app developers was a fantastic opportunity for the students. What’s more, it was great to see how star struck the students were of people who have jobs that are only going to become more common and more needed. We began the afternoon by offering feedback about the “Toca Town” app, since the app is designed for younger students but is also played often by older students, too. Our feedback was therefore important as it gave the developers greater awareness of the reasons why. It also allowed the students to think critically and offer creative feedback.


Grade 5: Preparing for Toca Boca Visit Tomorrow

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 14.24.49Grade 5’s big focus in IT this year has been learning to code. We have used various apps and web based applications such as Scratch and it is clear our students are not only enjoying the experience, they are learning lots, too!

This week we have taken a break from coding in order to experiment with the Toca Boca series of apps ahead of our visit from the app developers tomorrow (December 4th). It is immediately interesting to note how engaged the students are in the creation process with the Toca Boca apps, despite the market user group being younger than the grade 5 students. We have discussed what the engaging features are and we hope to be able to share some feedback with the developers tomorrow.  […]

StoryPatch in Grade One

photo (1)The iPad app “StoryPatch” is an excellent way for students to practice story writing and reading skills. Grade one at Stockholm International School have been using this app recently and the students have had great fun being creative. Their are two ways to create stories within the app. One option is to write your own story and the other is to choose responses from various multiple choice menus that help to generate a unique story depending on the responses chosen. We have been making use of the second method.